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Quotable homeopathic research on cocaine use, alcohol craving, in vitro Escherichia coli, influenza, bruising after surgery, headache pain, insomnia, backache and homeopathy use in livestock.

Research gathered by: Loretta Butehorn, Robert Medhurst, Communication Committee, NCH, Saurav Arora

Reduction in Cocaine Use: Double Blind Study with Statistically Significant Results

In a 2018 PubMed listed study, those cocaine users who used homeopathy were able to reduce usage to 18 days per month compared to placebo group who used 28 days a month.  This Brazilian study noted that any reduction is helpful as there are no medically assisted treatments for cocaine use in western medical drug treatment.

J Integr Med. 2018 May;16(3):178-184. doi: 10.1016/j.joim.2018.03.004. Epub 2018 Mar 30. Double-blind evaluation of homeopathy on cocaine craving: a randomized controlled pilot study.

Adler UC1Acorinte AC2Calzavara FO2da Silva AA2de Toledo Cesar A3Adler MS4Martinez EZ5Galduróz JCF6.

Thanks to: Communication Committee, NCH

Reduction in Alcohol and other Drug Cravings in Clients in Early Recovery.

Compiling data from 3 addiction treatment programs in Boston, statistically significant results showed that clients using Nux vomica for cravings for drugs were able to complete post detox in patient treatment at a rate twice as often as those not using Nux vomiva for cravings.

Use of Homeopathic Nux Vomica in Reducing PAWS (Post acute withdrawal syndrome) in Early Recovering Addicted Women , Butehorn, Randolph and Gumz  in   Inter J of Comp & Alte Med,Vol 6, No 4,2017

Thanks to: Communication Committee NCH

Got Milk?

In this 2018 British study,antibiotics, individualized homeopathy and placebo had similar effects on bacteriological and cytological cure in cases of culture-negative milk samples (P>0.4) and Escherichia coli infections (P=1.0). An important finding given our need to reduce antibiotics in ecosystem.

Vet Rec. 2018 Apr 7;182(14):407. doi: 10.1136/vr.104555. Epub 2018 Jan 26. Comparative effectiveness of individualised homeopathy and antibiotics in the treatment of bovine clinical mastitis: randomised controlled trial. Keller D1Sundrum A1.

Thanks to Communication Committee, NCH

FluOscillococcinumfor influenza treatment, AnnIst Super Sanità2012 | Vol. 48, No. 1: 105-109

In 2012, the three European researchers reviewed three randomized controlled double blinded studies completed between1988 and 1998 with over a total of 1000 patients all studied showed clinical improvement in flu like symptoms using Oscillococcinum with one study having statistically significant improvement.

Thanks to: LButehorn,PhD,CCH [email protected]

FaceliftSurgery Bruising

Effect of homeopathic Arnica montana on bruising in face-lifts: results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2006, 8, 1, 54-9. Seeley BM, et al.

In this trial, 29 people who were undergoing facelifts were randomized to receive either perioperative homeopathic arnica, or placebo. They were examined post-operatively for bruising at days 1, 5, 7 and 10. Assessment showed a signification reduction in bruising when compared to placebo.

Thanks to: Robert Medhurst BNat ND DHom

Headache PainEffect of homeopathy on chronic tension-type headache: a pragmatic, randomized controlled single blind trial

J Headache Pain. 2013; 14(Suppl 1): P56.Sharma et al

Headache frequency and intensity was lower in the homeopathy group than in controls.. Compared with usual care, patients randomized to homeopathy used 35% less medication (P = 0.001) and had 45% fewer visits to general practitioners (P = 0.0001)

Thanks to: LButehorn PhD CCH [email protected]


Chronic primary insomnia: efficacy of homeopathic simillimum.Homeopathy. 2010, 99, 1, 63-8Naudé et al

Researchers from South Africa’s Durban University of Technology foused on determining the effects of constitutional homeopathic treatment for insomnia, when compared to a placebo control. Thirty subjects diagnosed with primary insomnia were randomly assigned to

homeopathy or placebo. An analysis of the outcomes showed that sleep duration, sleep quality improved significantly under homeopathic treatment, when compared to that using the placebo control.

Robert Medhurst BNat ND DHom

Back Pain

Homeopathic treatment of patients with chronic low back pain: A prospective observational study with 2 years’ follow-up.Clin J Pain. 2009, 25, 4, 334-9.  . Witt CM, et al.

Researchers from Charité University Medical Center in Berlin, Germany, evaluated 129 adults suffering from medically diagnosed chronic low back pain for an average duration of 9.6 years were treated by homeopathic physicians who prescribed according to their individual symptoms. Their progress was followed for 2 years .On analysis of the symptom severity and quality of life changes demonstrated a marked and sustained improvement.  In addition, the use of homeopathic remedies were associated with a significant decline in the use of conventional treatment and health services.

Thanks to: Robert Medhurst BNat ND DHom

Using Homeopathy with Livestock

Efficacy of homeopathy in livestock according to peer-reviewed publications from 1981 to2014Vet Rec. 2016; 179(24): 628, Doehring et al

Homeopathy is widely used in livestock, especially in order to reduce the use of antibiotics A comprehensive literature review has been conducted to assess the efficacy of homeopathy in cattle, pigs and poultry. Only peer-reviewed publications dealing with

homeopathic remedies, which could possibly replace or prevent the use of antibiotics in the case of infective diseases or growth promotion in livestock were included. Search results revealed a total number

of 52 trials performed within 48 publications fulfilling the predefined criteria. Twenty-eight trials were in favor of homeopathy, with 26 trials showing a significantly higher efficacy in comparison to a control


Thanks to: Dr S.Arora www.

About the author

Loretta Butehorn

Loretta Butehorn PhD CCH is a homeopath and psychologist in the Boston area. She is one of four Co-Directors of Teleosis Homeopathic Collaborative, as well as the faculty of the American Medical College of Homeopathy and Boston College. Contact information , 345 Neponset Avenue, Boston, MA 02122 USA [email protected]. Teleosis Homeopathic Collaborative and School offer both a one year acute prescribing course and a three year professional homeopathic course and can be reached at

About the author

Robert Medhurst

Robert Medhurst BNat DHom DBM DRM DNutr is an Australian Naturopath & Homeopath with 40 years of clinical experience. He has written many articles and lectured on homeopathy throughout Australia and the U.S. Robert previously set up and operated 5 natural therapies practices in Sydney and Adelaide and was involved in teaching and medical research. He was formerly the Expert Advisor on Homeopathy to the Federal Government of Australia, Dept. of Health & Ageing. He specialises in homeopathy and is the author of The Business of Healing, the definitive guide for clinical practice establishment and management, as well as The Concordant Clinical Homeopathic Repertory. For more information see

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